Translation of inch in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ɪntʃ/


  • pulgada (feminine) ([ 2,54 centímetros ]) two inches of rain/snow dos pulgadas or [colloquial/familiar] cuatro dedos de lluvia/nieve his strength makes up for his lack of inches lo que no tiene en estatura lo compensa en fuerza I need to lose a few inches around the waist tengo que adelgazar un poco de cintura I was within an inch of getting that job estuve a un paso or en un tris de que me dieran el trabajo I've searched every inch of the house he buscado hasta en el último rincón de la casa inch by inch (with great attention to detail) the police searched the house inch by inch la policía registró la casa palmo a palmo (slowly) inch by inch the car slid into the river el coche se deslizó palmo a palmo en el río he looked every inch the English aristocrat de pies a cabeza parecía el típico aristócrata inglés she wouldn't budge o give an inch no cedió en lo más mínimo, no cedió ni un ápice or milímetro give them an inch and they'll take a mile les das la mano y te toman or (especially Spain/especialmente España) te cogen el brazo
    More example sentences
    • A meter is about three feet and three inches and a kilometer equals about six tenths of a mile.
    • Arriving there, Legrand noted one particular ledge about twelve inches wide and eighteen inches long, several feet below the top of the rock.
    • Progress can be slow; you measure it in inches and feet, not miles or kilograms.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • moverse* lentamente or paso a paso to inch forward avanzar* lentamente or paso a paso to inch out salir* poco a poco

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • to inch one's way avanzar* lentamente we are inching our way toward a solution estamos avanzando lentamente hacia una solución

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.